Nos. 08-4911, 08-4912, 08-4913.

561 F.3d 144 (2009)

Lauren KAUFMAN; Bettina Freeland; Phillip T. Burrus; Vanga Stoilov; Anthony Rossetti; Tamesha Brown; Axa & Eduardo Kieffer; Sandra Kozusko v. ALLSTATE NEW JERSEY INSURANCE COMPANY; Liberty Mutual Fire Insurance Company; Geico Insurance Company; First Trenton Indemnity Company; High Point Insurance Company; New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Company. Liberty Mutual Fire Insurance Company, Appellant in No. 08-4911. Allstate New Jersey Insurance Company, Appellant in No. 08-4912 Geico Insurance Company, Appellant in No. 08-4913.

United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit.

Filed: March 26, 2009.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Eric D. Katz, (Argued), Mazie, Slater, Katz & Freeman, Roseland, NJ, for Appellees.

John E. Keefe, Jr., Keefe Bartel, Shrewsbury, NJ, for Appellees.

John J. Calkins, Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal, Washington, DC, DanaLynn T. Colao, Saiber, Newark, NJ, for Allstate NJ Insurance Company.

Mark G. Arnold, (Argued), Husch Blackwell Sanders, St. Louis, MO, for Liberty Mutual Fire.

Meloney C. Perry, (Argued), Meckler Bugler Tilson Marick & Pearson, Dallas, TX, David F. Swerdlow, Windels, Marx, Lane & Mittendorf, Princeton, NJ, for Geico Insurance Company.

Stephen R. Katzman, Methfessel & Werbel, Edison, NJ, for First Trenton Indemnity Company.

Joseph J. DePalma, Bruce D. Greenberg, Lite, De Palma, Greenberg & Rivas, Newark, NJ, for High Point Insurance Company and NJ Manufacturing Insurance Company.

Daniel J. Pomeroy, Mortenson & Pomeroy, Springfield, NJ, for High Point Insurance Company and NJ Manufacturing Insurance Company.

Before: McKEE, RENDELL, and SMITH, Circuit Judges.


SMITH, Circuit Judge.

The Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 (CAFA)1 confers jurisdiction on federal courts over certain class actions in which any defendant and any class member are citizens of different states. 28 U.S.C. § 1332(d)(2). CAFA further enables any defendant to remove a qualifying class action to federal court. Id. § 1453(b). Under CAFA's "local controversy" exception, however, a federal court...


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